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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Nickie Black, Community Member, asks

Q: How long does it take for Prozac to take effect

My husband seems to blow up over the least little thing. He just seems to be mad a lot of the time, and not happy like he used to be. I think he is suffering from some depression and anxiety.  The Doctor just started him on Prozac.  Will this help him? And how long will it be before we can tell if it's working or not?

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10/ 1/08 9:29pm

Nickie - It is very important to try to identify when the change in his demeanor occurred and what was happening around that time. While you may be right that he is experiencing depression and/or anxiety, knowing the causes can be important in determining the proper treatment. If he has not been seen by a mental health professional you may want to encourage him to do so in order to determine if medication is necessary.


Prozac might turn out to be quite helpful but as Suffolk pointed out it could be 3 weeks or more before the full effects might be apparent. Fortunately, some folks experience some benefits earlier than three weeks and you might notice an improvement in his temper within the first 10 - 14 days.


Rick Wirtz


Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a Psychiatrist. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician


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Michel, Community Member
9/30/08 11:10am

Hello Nickie

I am wondering if your husband have any other issues that you did not mention, but as far far as prozac goes like any other anti depressant it usualy takes about 3 weeks to see some improvement, one thing I would like to point out when on anti depressant one should not take alcool for the simple reason that alcool is a depressant.

Wich you and your Hubby well

Suffolk    Cool

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By Nickie Black, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/15/14, First Published: 09/30/08